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    Towards a genuinely humanizing smart urbanism


    Kitchin, Rob (2018) Towards a genuinely humanizing smart urbanism. Working Paper. Programmable City Working Paper 42.

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    Abstract

    This paper considers, following David Harvey (1973), how to produce a genuinely humanizing smart urbanism. It does so through utilising a future-orientated lens to sketch out the kinds of work required to reimagine, reframe and remake smart cities. I argue that, on the one hand, there is a need to produce an alternative ‘future present’ that shifts the anticipatory logics of smart cities to that of addressing persistent inequalities, prejudice, and discrimination, and is rooted in notions of fairness, equity, ethics and democracy. On the other hand, there is a need to disrupt the ‘present future’ of neoliberal smart urbanism, moving beyond minimal politics to enact sustained strategic, public-led interventions designed to create more-inclusive smart city initiatives. Both tactics require producing a deeply normative vision for smart cities that is rooted in ideas of citizenship, social justice, the public good, and the right to the city that needs to be developed in conjunction with citizens.

    Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
    Additional Information: Published as an open access pre-print on SocArXiv: https://osf.io/preprints/socarxiv/5jkx4. This is a modified, pre-print version of the closing chapter in the book ‘The Right to the Smart City’ edited by Paolo Cardullo, Cesare Di Feliciantonio and Rob Kitchin to be published by Emerald Publishing.
    Keywords: smart cities; citizenship; social justice; right to the city; future;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute, MUSSI
    Item ID: 12766
    Depositing User: Prof. Rob Kitchin
    Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2020 14:01
    Publisher: Programmable City Working Paper 42
    Refereed: No
    Funders: European Research Council (ERC)
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